On Being A Tavarua Boatman – Dreamy waves, saving lives, heavy beatings, and more, with Nathan Strom

On Being A Tavarua Boatman – Dreamy waves, saving lives, heavy beatings, and more, with Nathan Strom

So when San Diego’s stylish young regularfooter Nathan Strom was presented with the opportunity to be a boatman in Tavarua, (You know, that one island where those perfect reeling lefts call home in the South Pacific? ) he dropped everything, jumped the soonest flight out, and watched as a dream quickly turned into a reality.

During my first session at Restaurants, I remember pulling into my first barrel and after kicking out, looking back to see Nate getting way more drained than I just did.

It all starts with waking up around 5:30 a. m. and running down to unlock the boat shed, grab fuel, and prepare the boats. By 6 a. m. , the first boat is leaving for Cloudbreak, so everything has to be ready, including you.

On my last wave of a session, Kelly [Slater] had just gotten dropped off out the back by a Jet Ski when I saw it coming, and I asked him if it was a good one to take. All he said was, ‘Go. ’ I airdropped to the bottom and remember seeing this big crystal-clear room.

Read more here: Surfer Mag

On Being A Tavarua Boatman   Dreamy waves, saving lives, heavy beatings, and more, with Nathan Strom surf photo  On Being A Tavarua Boatman   Dreamy waves, saving lives, heavy beatings, and more, with Nathan Strom surf photo  On Being A Tavarua Boatman   Dreamy waves, saving lives, heavy beatings, and more, with Nathan Strom surf photo

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